Karachi: 2 political activists among 4 shot dead
KARACHI: At least four men, including two political activists, were shot dead in different parts of the city on Tuesday.While the targeted killings caused tension in districts east and west where a senior Awami National Party worker and an activist of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement–Haqiqi were shot dead, respectively, no violence was reported in these areas. A 75–year–old man associated with the Pakhtun Loya Jirga was shot dead in front of his home in North Nazimabad on Tuesday evening, said police and party sources.
Haji Deen Mohammad Babar was sitting in the street near Mehboob Manzil in Block T of North Nazimabad when gunmen riding a motorbike pulled up there, said a duty officer at the Shahrah-i-Noor Jahan police station. The riders fired multiple shots at the septuagenarian and sped away. The victim sustained four gunshot wounds in the chest and head and died on the spot, said the official.
He said the body was later shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where a number of Awami National Party workers converged. As soon as the news of the targeted killing spread, tension and fear gripped North Nazimabad, Gulistan-i-Jauhar, Kati Pahari, Banaras, SITE and some other parts of the city. All major markets in these areas were shut in the evening.
ANP spokesman Abdul Malik said the victim was a senior member of the Pakhtun Loya Jirga and had an association with the Jirga since he was only five. Father of four children, the victim hailed from Zhob, he said. The spokesman condemned the targeted killing and demanded that the government ensure arrest of the culprits involved in the murder.
In a separate incident, an activist of the MQM–H was shot dead in Malir, said police and party sources. Furqan Khan, 32, was going to his in-laws house when he was targeted near H-2 Market in the Malir Tanki area, said a duty officer at the Saudabad police station.
The victim, a resident of the Liaquat Market area, sustained a bullet wound to his head and died on the spot, the official said. The body was later shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico–legal formalities.
Saudabad SHO Zulfiqar Bajwah said the victim had a toy shop in the Liaquat Market. But he claimed that he was unaware of the victim’s political affiliation. An MQM–H leader, Shamshad Khan Ghauri, later told Dawn that Furqan was an active worker of the MQM-H. He condemned the targeted killing and demanded arrest of the culprits involved in the murder.
He also drew the attention of the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of the killing of party workers.
Man gunned down
The younger brother of a man killed a week ago in Soldier Bazaar was shot dead on Tuesday evening in Ilyas Goth, police said. Sajjad Baloch, 27, was having a chat with friends near his home in Ilyas Goth when he was targeted by gunmen riding a motorbike, said an official at the Supermarket police station.
The victim sustained four gunshot wounds and died on the spot, said area DSP Rustam Khattak. He confirmed to Dawn that the victim’s elder brother, Imran, had been killed a week back in the Soldier Bazaar area. The body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico–legal formalities. However, his heirs took away the body without allowing the legal formalities.
As the body was brought back to Ilyas Goth, scores of people raised slogans against law–enforcement agencies. They staged a protest demonstration against the killing and block traffic on a nearby road. The protesters, however, dispersed peacefully after senior police officers reached the scene and held talks with them.
Man found dead
A young man who went missing on Monday night was found shot dead in Sector 44-C of Landhi near the Navy building on Tuesday, police said.
The 35–year–old victim, identified as Qamar Qureshi aka Imran, was a resident of Korangi No 4, the officials said. Landhi SHO Mazhar Iqbal Awan said the victim sustained four bullet wounds to the head, chest and legs.
The police quoted his family as saying that he had informed them before leaving that he had a fever and was going to a clinic. They said the victim was father of four children and a painter. He had shifted to Korangi only a year ago from Old Golimar, the police added.
The body was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico–legal formalities where the victim’s father identified him.
Police said they suspected personal enmity as a possible motive behind the murder, explaining that the victim had no affiliation with any political or religious party.